Our new collaboration with PCC Community Markets & Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets
PCC Community Markets began partnering with Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets last year after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, in response to the public’s rising levels of food insecurity. Working with Harvest Against Hunger and the tools and knowledge of our preexisting Farm to Community programs, PCC initially donated $80,000 to NFM to help establish a CSA-type contracting model that would allow NFM to provide upfront payment to local farms to get their produce to food banks, as many small farmers were unable to sell their produce in the usual avenues when markets and restaurants began to close.
With PCC’s donations, along with over $212,000 in funds raised by PCC shoppers for the PCC Food Bank Fund, this program been able to partner with 15 Seattle-area food banks and 14 farms across 7 counties around WA since March 2020.
PCC/NFM is a partnership between PCC Community Markets and Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets with the goal of providing both an alternative income stream for local small farms, and fresh produce for Seattle area food banks. The partnership was initially meant to be a short term solution to Covid-19’s impact on the local food economy, but its growth has allowed it to establish itself in the Seattle community. The program has continued to expand, and is preparing for another year of farm-to-food bank contracting.
- Sno-Valley Farms
Windy Acre Farms
Present Tense Farms
Lee Lor Gardens
AG Family Farm
Hayton Farms Berries
- Chicken Soup Brigade
- Byrd Barr Place
Des Moines Food BankBallard Food BankUniversity District Food BankFamilyWorks – Wallingford Food BankNorth Helpline – Bitter Lake/Lake City Food Bank
Issaquah Food and Clothing BankJewish Family Service- Polack Food BankMaltby Food BankHopelink- Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland
Rainier Valley Food BankWest Seattle Food BankWestgate Chapel